Gabapentin is an anti-epileptic drug called as anticonvulsant. Gabapentin affects chemicals in the body that cause seizures and some types of pain. It belongs to a drug class called Gamma-aminobutyric acid analogs.
Robaxin is a muscle-relaxing drug and belongs to a drug class called Skeletal muscle relaxants. It works by blocking nerve impulses and the pain signals sent to your brain.
No, typically, we won’t suggest you take Gabapentin and Robaxin together. Gabapentin is a pain killer, while Robaxin is a muscle relaxer. Taking these two medications together might increase the side effects caused by them. However, if the doctor feels the need to, there can be exceptions made to the use of Gabapentin and Robaxin together.
A study conducted by The University of Texas Medical Branch studied multimodal pain pump groups with the added use of Gabapentin and Robaxin together for post-operative scoliosis surgery. We believe it is the first study that examined the use of Gabapentin and Robaxin together for pain management.
Gabapentin and Robaxin were both given orally. Gabapentin 3 times a day and Robaxin (Methocarbamol) every 6 hours if the patient weighed over 33 kg. The endpoints were analyzed for the length of stay in the hospital, post-operative gastrointestinal retention, and infection rate. The study concluded in showing improvements in pain management by the use of elastomeric pumps post-operation. The addition of Gabapentin and Robaxin showed a trend towards further improvements in the patients.(Carlson, J.D., Peloquin, J. and Falowski, S.M., 2016)
There is not much data on the use of Gabapentin and Robaxin when used together. It is typically advised not to use them together as there can be adverse side effects; however, it can be used under very specific circumstances if the doctor feels the need.(Lee, T.J., 2010)
What Happens When You Take Gabapentin And Robaxin Together?
Using Gabapentin and Robaxin together may increase the side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, difficulty in concentration, and confusion. Some people may find a problem in judgment, motor coordination, and impairment in thinking, especially the elderly.
Try to avoid or limit alcohol use during the treatment of these medications. Also, you must try to avoid activities that require mental alertness, such as using heavy machinery or driving a vehicle, until you understand how the medicine affects you.
How Will You Manage The Side Effects?
Patients should be carefully monitored for excessive or prolonged CNS or respiratory depression. Proper dosage titration may be required during the time of the treatment. People who need help or support to walk should be counseled to avoid hazardous activities which require mental alertness and motor coordination.
If you have any concerns or facing side effects due to the medication, consult your doctor. It would help if you tried to tell your doctor of any pre-existing conditions or medications you are using.(Kriel, H.H. and Yngve, D., 2019)
What Combination Of Drugs Could You Take Instead?
Taking Gabapentin with some OTC medications that treat allergy and pain relief is considered safe. However, you must check with your doctor before taking any combination of medicines.
Some common combinations with Gabapentin with OTC medicines can include:
- Gabapentin and Ibuprofen (Advil)
- Gabapentin and Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Gabapentin and Cetirizine (Zyrtec)
- Gabapentin and Loratadine (Claritin)
You can use Antacids with Gabapentin, but it is recommended to take Gabapentin at least 2 hours before any Antacid.
Gabapentin can be generally used with other anticonvulsants for duplicate therapy as they serve the same purpose.
Some common medications you can take with Robaxin include:
- Robaxin with Tylenol
- Robaxin with Ibuprofen
These combinations can help manage pain with the right dosage.
(Note: Always follow proper dosage and other guidelines prescribed by your doctor.)